Crocked Usengimana out for season
TURBO league defending champion Rayon Sports will be without influential defender Faustin Usengimana for the whole season after he suffered a devastating leg break on the first day of the Turbo King Football League.
Usengimana who went a successful double leg surgery on Saturday night at Kanombe Military Hospital will sit out the whole season.
Following the surgery, Usengimana will start physical therapy after three months and from there, he will undergo muscle rehabilitation, strengthening, and sport-specific rehabilitation respectively.
It is reported that the best-case scenario to return from such a fracture is 6-8 months, a feat which will see him miss Orange Champions League, Turbo King Football League and qualifying rounds of the Peace Cup tournament.
Rayon Sports club secretary general Olivier Gakwaya said yesterday, “The operation was successful. I don’t think we will be able to see him make a full recovery before the end of the season,”
“If everything goes well, he might be fit to play during the Cecafa Kagame Cup scheduled for mid next year or the later stages of Peace Cup tournament,”
“However, since he is young, a quick comeback can also be expected because doctors confirmed that the double leg injury was not as bad as we thought, giving us hope for a quick recovery” added Gakwaya.
This is the second time that Usengimana has suffered a long-term injury. In 2011, a knee injury ruled him out of the Fifa Under-17 World Cup finals despite playing 20 minutes in the second group stage match against Uruguay.
He made a comeback after sitting out nearly eight months returned to guide the blues to their maiden league title in eight years last season.
With the absence of Usengimana, Coach Didier Gomes da Rosa will be forced to feature Hussein Sibomana and Arafat Serugendo in central defense and if the pair is not solid, Karim Nizigiyimana will feature in central defense as Yves Kwizera takes on the full back slot.
Ten-man Rayon Sports began the defence of their Turbo King National League title with a 2-1 win over newcomers Gicumbi FC on Saturday at Amahoro national stadium.
Midfielder Djamal Mwiseneza and substitute Abouba Sibomana scored for the champions, while Jean Pierre Maombi scored the consolation foal for Gicumbi, who are managed by former Rayon coach Jean Baptiste Kayiranga.